Thursday, 6 October 2016

Laguna Blanca - Feast over the Forest!

The reserve has been going through another period of unsettled weather which has not produced too much in the way of rarities. A sunny day on the 4th saw an increase in raptor movements over the Atlantic Forest. Catherine (Can) and I took in a small raptor spectacle during a walk down the main dirt track which dissects the forest.

A Swallow-tailed Kite took advantage of a good source of flying insects over the forest. This species is always a personnel favourite of mine and this time the bird was a lot closer as it wheeled over the forest.

A couple of Roadside Hawk joined a Plumbeous Kite with Black and Turkey Vulture joining the group of birds enjoying the thermals. A couple of Magpie Tanager was seen in the forest along with several regular species. A Fuscous Flycatcher was heard for the first time in a few weeks. The cornfield hosted Yellowish Pipit and Southern Caracara and a couple of Blue-black Grassquit.

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